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Loch an Nostarie

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Highlands, Scotland, about 5.90km (3.67 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 104m (341ft)
Descent 101m (331ft)
Max. Elevation 130m (426ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 205m (672ft)
Start & End
Distance 5.90km
Duration ~1:45h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 29 Apr 2015
Many people take the train all the way to Mallaig, simply because of the journey - it's one of the world's finest, weaving through mountains and glens and alongside lochs as it heads west from Fort William. But once in Mallaig, why not explore a little further? This walk is surprisingly wild, heading over rough moorland from Loch an Nostarie. The tourist information centre in Mallaig has a book of local walks for £2 if you fancy something shorter.

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OS Grid NM676971
Take the train to the end of the line! Mallaig is at the end of the Iron Road to the Isles. From here, it's either a boat or the train back home. Or a walk, of course.
OS Grid NM675956
Follow the quieter road from the town centre, heading south to Glasnacardoch. Just before this meets the main road, turn left (east) through the houses to pick up the track to the loch.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from
OS Grid NM684957
A well-maintained path leads to Loch an Nostarie. For a simple walk, have a little potter here and then head back the same way. For something more challenging, continue along the loch's northern shore.
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid NM688959
You need to hit the right valley to head north from the loch, as there is a large deer fence across a lot of the moorland. Aim for the valley on the most northerly part of the loch and walk up here until you see the steps over the fence.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid NM690964
Follow the low-lying land north over the moorland.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid NM688971
Just below Cruach Mhalaig, there is a clearer path heading down into Mallaig.
About 0.72 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid NM679967
The path drops down some steps into the town again. There are a couple of pleasant cafes near the harbour and also a pub just up from the tourist info centre while you wait for the train.
About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from
OS Grid NM675970
Back again for the train home.
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from

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